June 29, 2011
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Current F1 engines are set for an overhaul in 2014
The FIA has today approved the change in engine regulations for the 2014 season.
The move will see the sport switch from 2.4 litre normally aspirated V8 engines to more efficient 1.6 litre turbocharged V6 power units.
It has also been confirmed that this new engine formula will feature several energy recovery units, though this detail has yet to be elaborated on.
The last time turbocharged engines were used in F1 was back in 1988.
A statement issued today from the FIA reads as follows:
"Following a fax vote by its members, the World Motor Sport Council has ratified the
engine regulations recently drawn up in consultation with the main stakeholders in
“he new power plant will be a V6 1.6 turbo unit with energy recovery systems. This
new formula will come into effect as from the start of the 2014 FIA Formula 1 world
It has been revealed that the original push for 1.6 litre 4-cylinder engines, which was rejected several days ago, was being put forward by Audi, a prospective engine supplier to F1 teams from 2013 onwards.
The switch to efficient turbocharged engines is not a surprise, considering the FIA has been keen to improve the “green” aspect of the sport in recent times. It is currently unknown how this regulation change will affect total power output, but it is expected that the energy recovery systems (KERS, exhaust gas recovery units) will compensate for any loss in engine power.
Update: The FIA has confirmed today that these new engines will use a 15,000 rpm rev limiter.